Photo by Elliot Blunck


BIO


“Mein Leitfaden ist Respekt”, sagt Peggy Kurka über ihre Arbeit als Hair and Make-up Artist. “Ich kann nur so gut sein, wie mein Gegenüber sich fühlt.” Weil sie und ihr jeweiliges Model also auf einander angewiesen sind, nimmt sich Kurka stets so viel Zeit wie möglich. Während sie Haare dazu nutzt, Proportionen zu verändern, ist ihr Ansatz in Sachen Make-up minimalistisch. Kurka, die nach Stationen in Berlin, London und Paris in Hamburg lebt, war am Anfang ihrer Karriere Maskenbildnerin am Theater. Ihre Liebe zur Mode entdeckte sie bei Jil Sander; seitdem hat sie ihre absolute Aufmerksamkeit. “Mode ist Ausdruck der Zeit, in der wir leben und der Zeit, in die wir erst noch gehen.” Das schönste Kompliment, das sie je bekam? “Jemand hat mal gesagt, ich mache intelligentes Make-up. Das hat mir gefallen."


Text  by  Anne Waak 



My personal signpost is respect. As a hair and makeup artist, Peggy Kurka says: “I can only be as good as the people I surround myself with. I don’t work alone, I work in a team. Because of this, we are dependent on each other.” So she always takes as much time as possible to make sure that everyone feels comfortable. This is one of the aspects of her professional work that she hopes to infuse in this, a project very near and dear to her heart. She knows what it's like to not feel completely comfortable within one’s environment being a child of mixed heritage growing up in the GDR. She’s aware of both sides of the gaze as she worked as a model at the Fashion Institute of the GDR, made fashion films and ran Watch in the Berlin Palace of the Republic. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Kurka moved to Hamburg and fell in love with the theatre...its atmosphere of theoretical heaviness and the electricity of the stage and became a make-up artist. Even this unique experience, the ability to immerse yourself in a new and exciting world, continues to inform her worldview. Discovering her love for fashion via Jil Sander, Kurka then lived in London, followed by stints in Paris and Berlin. These sojourns, trying to make a go of it in different international destinations, provide Kurka not only with experience, but also with empathy as she understands the struggles and the challenges. Through fashion, Kurka has learned its place in the zeitgeist is an expression of the both the past and the future; history informs us but it doesn’t rule us. A useful metaphor that fits many occasions and circumstances. As both a hair and make-up artist, Kurka’s mind often occupies two conflicting spaces at the same time. While they both have different needs and concerns, in the end they must work in harmony. This is another of the transferable skills that Kurka is delighted to bring to the project. "Someone once said that I make intelligent make-up.” She says, “That was the most beautiful compliment I’ve ever received for my work.” Her hopes are to imbue this project with that same intelligent sensibility.



Text  by   Mac Folkes 



PHOTOGRAPHER 


Anders Edström , Alexia Silvagni , Jork Weismann , Tyrone Lebon  , Stefan Heinrichs , Elizaveta Porodina , Hedi Shin ,

 , Ben Lamberty , Luis Alberto Rodriguez , Hilde van Mas , Sigurd Grünberger , Daniel Rochè , Timur Celikdag 

 , Danilo Giuliani  ,  Camilla Armbrust , Ian Crawford , Kevin Sinclair , Adrian Crispin , Bert Houbrechts  , Lina Tesch ,

Jonty Davies ,Tom Kleinschmidt , Mario Smolka , Mark Pillai , Jacob + Carrol , Michele Di Do ,

Michael Evanet , Michael Williams , Magnus Reed , Clara Nebeling , Julia von der Heide ,

Nick & Chloe , Markus Jans ,Markus Pritzi , Axel Hoedt

Phillip Müller , Nicolas Kantor , Olaf Wipperfurth , Jonas Lindström , 

Roman Goebels , Ralph Mecke , Tristan Rösler , 

Sascha Heintze , Anne Schönharting 

Thierry Lebraly , Pawel Pysz ,Tobias Zarius ,Elisabeth Toll

 , Frederike Hellwig ,

Detlef Schneider , Rapael Just , Anna Daki 

Ben Quinton , Stefan Milev , Iga Drobisz , Louis Christopher 




CLIENTS 


Estèe Lauder , Longines ,Cartier ,Versace , Versus , JOOP , Chanel ,  Petar Petrov ,  SANSOVINO 6 , Avon China , Goldwell , Garnier ,Panthene ,

Schwarzkopf ,Vichy ,Diadermine , Dr. Hauschka ,Alessandro , M2 BEAUTÈ ,

Eucerin , Labello ,Nivea Haircare  Joop ,Oui , Set   ,Thomas Sabo 

 Dorothee Schumacher , Versace , Versus ,Merz Bocouture , Hugo Boss

100% Linen , Swarovski ,  Hanro , Schiesser , Valisere , 

BMW , Audi , Porsche Design , Porsche , Volvo . Mini

Gucci , Appelrath Cüpper , Peek & Cloppenburg , Peter Hahn , 

Marc O' Polo , Christ  , Wempe , Nike , Adidas ; Panasonic , Closed , More and More , Mytheresa ,




CELEBRITY


Stefanie Graf ( personal Hair and Make up Artist  )

Anna Sui , Alexandra Maria Lara , Adiam , Mini Anden ,  Eva Padberg  , Rosalie Varda , Agnes Varda ,

Ruby O. Fee ,Christiane Paul , Petula Clark , Uma Thurman , Bibiana Beglau ,  Stella Maxwell , Yusra und Sara Mardini , Manal und Nathalie  Issa ,

Daniela Schadt , Dèsirèe Nosbusch , Jan Josef Liefers , Oda Jaune , Emily Atef ,

Franka Potente , Joy Denalane ,Klaus Maria Brandauer , Martina Gedeck ,Lea von Acken 

Sibel Kekilli ,Till Schweiger , Veronika Ferres , Pheline Roggan ,Tom Tykwer ,

 ,George Clooney , Moritz Bleibtreu ,Fatih Akin ,Boris Becker , 

Wolfgang Joop  , Paz Vega , Tweet , Bilal ,Debra Shaw

Sabin Tambrea   , Michelle Dockers , Ronja Furrer ,Caroline Winberg , Joy Denalane , Kelvyn Cordt